Analysis by lordhelpme
Orochi - Merry Diviner


Obtainable as a 3 - 4 only

Hero Stats

Max Avg Total Stats at Lvl 40
HP 40
ATK 40
SPD 24
DEF 24
RES 37

Stat Variations

Level 1 Stat Variation
Low 17 9 4 6 8
Middle 18 10 5 7 9
High 19 11 6 8 10

Level 40 Stat Variations
Low 36 37 21 21 34
Middle 40 40 24 24 37
High 43 44 28 27 40

IV Sets

Key stats worth increasing through nature if possible.
Complementary stats that matter, but not to the point of picking them over key stats for nature increase.
Relatively worthless stat that can safely be decreased through nature.

Skill Sets

Rule Breaker (Offensive Focus / Aether Raids Defense)

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Tiger Spirit A Sturdy Impact
Alternate: Death Blow (3 or 4)
Positional Assist B Lull Atk/Res 3
Alternate: Special Spiral 3
Alternate: Ruptured Sky
C Fatal Smoke 3
Alternate: Res Smoke 3

+ATK / -SPD or -DEF

SDeath Blow 3

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Weapon: Tiger Spirit

Assist: Positional Assist / Assistless / Flexible

Special: Glimmer / Ruptured Sky / Glacies 

Passive A: Sturdy Impact / Mirror Impact / Death Blow

Passive B: Lull Atk/Res / Special Spiral

Passive C: Fatal Smoke / Time’s Pulse / Smoke Skills / Joint Drive Atk / Flexible

Sacred Seal: Death Blow / Sturdy Blow / Atk/Def Solo / Quickened Pulse / Hardy Bearing

  • Orochi’s exceptional Attack coupled with the additional firepower from her exclusive Tiger Spirit grant her great raw damage output, thus allowing her to excel when equipped with an offense-leaning build; her ability to apply the Panic debuff does also make her a potential option within the context of Aether Raids Defense. Since the focus here is maximizing damage, a +ATK IV is coveted over all else. 
  • Specials with short cooldowns (namely, Glimmer, Ruptured Sky, and to a lesser extent Moonbow) are ideal for general gameplay, as Orochi can access them frequently and may even pair them with Special Spiral for more consistent OHKOs. Those aiming to use her within Infantry Pulse compositions in Aether Raids Defense, however, may get better mileage out of Glacies for maximum potency. 
  • Sturdy Impact is Orochi’s A skill of choice here as it greatly offsets her weakness to physical threats — her most glaring counters — through a substantial +10 Defense and enemy follow-up denial while still padding her damage. Although not quite as useful due to her inherently high Resistance, Mirror Impact is also an option that pairs nicely if using Glacies. Death Blow is always a solid option as well to simply add to her Attack.
  • Lull Atk/Res works excellently to push Orochi’s offensive ceiling higher, provide some assistance to her survivability, and break through enemy bonuses — something particularly useful given that Tiger Spirit does not apply Panic Smoke until after her first round of combat. If using her with short cooldown Specials, Special Spiral can be considered to ensure their activation on her first attack each combat after starting the chain. 
  • Fatal Smoke — or a regular stat-targeting Smoke skill if unavailable or simply not looking to invest that much — are candidates to stack more debuffs on top of Panic from her PRF, making her initiations even more dangerous. Alternatively, Time’s Pulse can be taken to assist Orochi’s damage by hastening her Special activations, or Joint Drive Atk to stack more boosts to her specialty stat. 
  • For her Sacred Seal, simple stat-boosting skills like Death Blow or Atk/Def Solo work great, or Quickened Pulse for a similar reason to Time’s Pulse. Hardy Bearing is an Aether Raids Defense-specific option that may be equipped to shut down Vantage strategies should they be a particular threat to your specific composition.

Atlas (Defensive Focus / Anti-Magic Tank)

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Plegian Torch+ (+Res)
Alternate: Amity Blooms+ (+Res)
A Mirror Stance 3
Alternate: Atk/Res Solo (3 or 4)
Positional Assist B Null C-Disrupt 3
Alternate: Lull Atk/Res 3
Alternate: Iceberg
C Atk Smoke 3
Alternate: Pulse Smoke 3

 +ATK or +RES / -DEF

SQuick Riposte 3
Alternate: Mirror Stance 2

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Weapon: Plegian Torch+ (+RES) / Amity Blooms+ (+RES) / Tiger Spirit

Assist: Positional Assist / Flexible

Special: Noontime / Sol / Iceberg

Passive A: Mirror Stance / Distant Def / Atk/Res Solo 

Passive B: Null C-Disrupt / Lull Atk/Res / Special Spiral / Quick Riposte

Passive C: Atk Smoke / Pulse Smoke / Joint Drive Atk / Flexible

Sacred Seal: Quick Riposte / Mirror Stance / Mystic Boost / Distant Def

  • Orochi may also be specialized more defensively and have her kit center around her ability to soak magical damage by merit of her high Resistance; this is typically her best bet for those who wish to use her in Aether Raids Offense. Increasing her Attack is once again a good choice for more damage (and healing if using certain Specials), but investing in Resistance also works to directly reduce how much damage she takes.
  • While her base Tiger Spirit certainly can be used here, Orochi does have some inheritable options that lend themselves much better to her intended playstyle here. 
    • In particular, Plegian Torch is notorious for its debuff enhancement effect: for every visible Attack or Resistance debuff applied on her foe, this weapon inflicts an equivalent in-combat debuff on that respective stat plus five. Assuming one can consistently apply such debuffs (via Smoke Skills or outside support), this weapon allows Orochi to massively bolster her damage and durability to much greater heights than otherwise possible.
    • Amity Blooms is another fantastic inheritable weapon that trades Plegian Torch’s sheer stat ceiling for consistent healing on each of Orochi’s attacks. Alongside a modest -5 Atk/Res debuff on her foe, this innate sustain is useful to impart Orochi some leeway in her Special and/or skill choices since she may focus more on enhancing damage rather than survivability this way. 
  • Utilizing a healing Special helps mitigate incurred damage for more consistent tanking. Both Noontime and Sol are generally good choices, but one may outshine the other depending on certain circumstances: for instance, Noontime is preferred if Summer Hilda support is available to activate them on every counterattack, whereas Sol is better if using Special Spiral to maximize HP recovery. 
    • Using Amity Blooms and/or Mystic Boost in Orochi’s build may give enough healing such that she can use a normal Special like Iceberg, though. 
  • Mirror Stance 3 is highly recommended for its simultaneous Attack/Resistance boost, but moreover its protection from enemy Specials through built-in Guard; her typical inability to avoid enemy follow-up attacks means that she otherwise has a higher chance of taking the brunt of potentially lethal activations. Distant Def and Atk/Res Solo are other A skills she can choose from as well. 
  • Taking Null C-Disrupt as Orochi’s chosen B skill is a compelling route to ensure she can effectively counter Dazzling Staff wielders and the Flash debuff, as these can quickly neuter her combat effectiveness otherwise. For more stats, Lull Atk/Res is the way to go, and Special Spiral also works as previously mentioned if using Sol. 
  • Smoke skills are a staple for defensively-inclined builds to debilitate incoming threats and tank them more easily. Atk Smoke or Res Smoke take precedence over other choices if using Plegian Torch, otherwise Pulse Smoke is excellent to shut down compositions reliant on certain Special activations. Joint Drives are always good filler for C slots to further pad stats. 
  • Orochi is generally too slow to perform follow-up attacks on her own, so using Quick Riposte certainly helps her out in that respect — and using it as her Sacred Seal frees up her B slot for other powerful options that she cannot equip here. If using it as her B skill regardless (or if not using it at all), though, her Sacred Seal should either be Mystic Boost for additional healing and Wrathful Staff negation or a stat-booster like Mirror Stance.

Rain of Light (AoE Special Activation)

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Tiger Spirit A Life and Death (3 or 4)
Alternate: Heavy Blade (3 or 4)
Positional Assist B Special Spiral 3
Blazing Wind
Alternate: Blazing Light
C Time's Pulse 3
Alternate: Res Smoke 3


SHeavy Blade 3

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Weapon: Tiger Spirit

Assist: Positional Assist / Flexible

Special: Blazing Special / Growing Special

Passive A: Life and Death / Heavy Blade 

Passive B: Special Spiral

Passive C: Time’s Pulse / Res Smoke / Savage Blow / Flexible

Sacred Seal: Heavy Blade / Quickened Pulse 

  • This build shifts the focus back to Orochi’s offensive capacity, but hinges her performance on her ability to leverage AoE Specials to shred through her opponents. Such Specials can be consistently activated in every round of combat by combining Special Spiral and Heavy Blade (either as her A skill or Sacred Seal), but do note that there is some necessary setup beforehand to get the chain started.
  • Since the damage calculation for AoE Specials involves visible stats only (which is what also makes a +ATK IV so important!), Life and Death makes for the premier A skill to use here as it gives Orochi the biggest boost to her actual Attack possible. 
    • That being said, Heavy Blade is also an option as an A skill to free up her Sacred Seal for something else like Hardy Bearing to work around Vantage or Quickened Pulse to make it easier to start the chain. 
  • In a similar vein, taking Time’s Pulse as Orochi’s C skill works well to lessen the amount of initiations required to commence her Special Spiral chain, though it is a rather hefty investment. More accessible options include Res Smoke and Savage Blow to supplement her OHKO potential. 
  • As for what AoE Special to actually equip, Blazing AoE Specials are generally preferred over Growing due to their higher damage modifier to secure consistent OHKOs. Blazing Wind and Blazing Light have the most typically useful ranges of those available.


Tiger Spirit

Although nothing particularly new or exciting, Orochi’s exclusive Tiger Spirit remains a great accompaniment to her statline’s inherent strengths and cements her combat performance through improved damage and magical durability. The tome’s ability to apply the Panic debuff is somewhat more situational but nonetheless remains quite handy when it comes into play, in addition to providing some Aether Raids Defense utility.

Excellent Attack & Resistance

The Merry Diviner’s statline stays true to her appearance in Fire Emblem: Fates, showcasing phenomenal values in both Attack and Resistance. While the latter remains useful for leveraging Resistance-based Specials and magical tanking, Orochi’s base Attack of 40 is especially notable given her ability to deal magical damage and access to a four-point Asset in the stat; this alongside the boosts from Tiger Spirit provides a fearsome foundation for raw damage.

Infantry Benefits

Orochi’s performance is further supplemented by the immense skill availability that her infantry status brings. Through access to powerful and coveted tools like Lull Atk/Res, Special Spiral, Sturdy Impact, and more, she showcases great build flexibility to shine in whatever way you may need her to with greater ease compared to her mounted counterparts.


Horrendous Speed & Defense

With the majority of her stat points being allocated towards Attack, Resistance, and HP, Orochi’s Speed and Defense are both quite disappointing — having only 24 Speed makes performing and avoiding follow-ups naturally a long-shot, and her equally poor Defense of 24 means that physical threats will have a particularly easy time tearing through her health. This combined with her green coloring also gives Orochi a bit of a hard time in Aether Raids Offense if chosen as a superunit given how common red frontliners are, like Kempf, Eliwood, and most notoriously Legendary Sigurd.

Weapon Skills

Weapons SP Rng. Mt.
Learns by default at 1 ★
Unlocks at 1 ★
Green Tome Users Only
50 2 4
Learns by default at 3 ★
Unlocks at 2 ★
Green Tome Users Only
100 2 6
Learns by default at 4 ★
Unlocks at 3 ★
Green Tome Users Only
200 2 9
Tiger Spirit

Grants Res+3. At start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 25%, grants Atk/Res+6 to unit during combat, and also, after combat, if unit attacked, inflicts【Panic】on target and foes within 2 spaces of target.  【Panic】 Converts bonuses on target into penalties through its next action.

Learns by default at 5 ★
Unlocks at 5 ★
Non-Inheritable skill.
400 2 14
Weapon Evolution
Weapon Upgrades
Weapon Upgrades

Support Skills

Support Skills Rng. SP
Draw Back

Unit moves 1 space away from target ally, who moves to unit's former position.

Learns by default at 4 ★
1 150

Passive Skills

Passive Skills SP Slot
Warding Blow 1

If unit initiates combat, grants Res+2 during combat.

Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 3 ★
Mirror Strike 1

If unit initiates combat, grants Atk/Res+2 during combat.

Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★
Mirror Strike 2

If unit initiates combat, grants Atk/Res+4 during combat.

Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 5 ★
Atk/Res Link 1

If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Atk/Res+2 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.

Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 1 ★
Atk/Res Link 2

If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Atk/Res+4 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.

Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 2 ★
Atk/Res Link 3

If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Atk/Res+6 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.

Non-inheritable by Staff-wielding units.
Unlocks at 4 ★

Other Info

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